The controversial offence of defensive homicide was introduced in Victoria in 2005, and abolished in 2014.
Abolishing defensive homicide in Victoria was a mistake has left the law inflexibile in dealing with homicide offences.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are ‘managed’ by police, courts and prisons due to a lack of appropriate community-based services.
Australia's high rates of imprisonment and re-imprisonment of Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities is not only shameful, it is entirely predictable and preventable.
Cases involving mental health are mostly heard in Victoria’s Supreme Court. They are complex, costly - and rare.
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